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As a professor, I can tell you the "cool" factor appears to be a large part of it. I've also had numerous students tell me they voted for him simply because they wanted "to be a part of history" in voting for the first black president. Many also voted for him to prove they're not racist. One classroom incident summed it up for me in 2008. A white student near the front of the class had an Obama button on his backpack on the first day of class. When he put the backpack on the floor beside his desk, the button was facing toward me. When he noticed five or six black students at the back of the class, he reached down and turned the backpack around... obviously hoping the blacks would notice his button.
You open a Pandora's box here. Legally, if it's about eliminating "discrimination," then the law should not discriminate against the following marriages: Mother and son Mother and daughter Father and daughter Father and son Two brothers Two sisters Grandmother and grandson Uncle and niece One man and two women (after all, we need to get rid of these "outdated notions" that marriage is limited to just two people). How far do we go with this? In numerous conversations, I have found most same-sex marriage supporters are opposed to all of the above when I mention them. When I ask them why, they say, "Well, a mother and son getting married is just wrong!" Really? Why? Who are you to discriminate?
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University Apologizes for Stomping Jesus

RMan3 Wrote: Mar 23, 2013 11:46 AM
True. I always tell my students they are free to disagree with anything I say. I tell them I am not the be-all and end-all of intelligence and insight. Still, I see so many students becoming zombies because they simply want to pass the class. If they have to kiss the professor's butt to do that, they're more than happy to do so. At the same time, I'll bet the students and the university would have reacted much more quickly and with much more "outrage" if the professor had asked them to write any one of the following things on that paper: Mohammed, Obama, Homosexual, Gay Marriage, Abortion, Black, Hispanic, Minority, Arab, Woman, Sustainability, Diversity, Multiculturalism, etc.
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Let’s Help Academia Destroy Itself

RMan3 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 3:01 PM
That's right. At the state university where I work, tuition is $8,200. HOWEVER, a senior student living on campus showed me her TOTAL bill for this year... $21,500! Room and board is $9,000. There was more than $4,000 in various "fees." Oh - that $21,500 bill didn't include her books and lab fees (more than $1,000) and other expenses. She says her total bill for four years will easily be $90,000. By the way, we're a small "cheap" state university of 10,000 students. As for the bubble, our enrollment has dropped 17% in the last six years. The hardest-hit majors are ones like communication, sociology, women's studies, art - that's because people are beginning to flee from majors that don't translate to real-world jobs.
Thanks, Pistol. I was just about to write the same thing. On top of that, the Cogans of this world will then teach their children how to follow in their footsteps. It's just a cycle of dependency and laziness handed down from generation to generation. I don't ask Ms. Cogan to feed and clothe my kids. She needs to grow up and be a responsible adult. As a parent, I alone am responsible for my children.
Thanks, Pistol. I was just about to write the same thing. On top of that, the Cogans of this world will then teach their children how to follow in their footsteps. It's just a cycle of dependency and laziness handed down from generation to generation. I don't ask Ms. Cogan to feed and clothe my kids. She needs to grow up and be a responsible adult. As a parent, I alone am responsible for my children.
Um, this is what soldiers do. They kill the enemy. The only issue I see is for Harry himself. He's obviously a high-profile person, and his bragging makes him even more of a high-profile target for terrorists down the road. Then again, he and his family knew that going in.
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Bursting the University Bubble

RMan3 Wrote: Jan 19, 2013 1:01 PM
I teach at a state university in Illinois. We market ourselves as a "cheaper" college in the state. However, a freshman on campus this year will fork out at least $21,000 in tuition, room and board, fees, books, and other expenses. So, if you choose to live on campus for four years, the bill is at least $84,000. The cost is becoming prohibitive for average families. Meanwhile, our enrollment has dropped 15% in the last six years. Not surprisingly, the biggest enrollment drops have come in departments like art, theater, communication, sociology, etc. Parents & students are becoming wiser shoppers and are turning away from majors that have limited job opportunities beyond the walls of academia.
People are using SNAP to get "essential food stuffs?" Here are just some of the "essential food stuffs" I've seen purchased with EBT cards where I shop (and I'm sure most of you can share similar stories): Cream-filled cupcakes... Flavored bottled water... Crab legs... T-bone steak... Ten big bottles of soda... chocolate-covered pretzels... all varieties of brand-name products instead of the cheaper generics... lots of potato chips... a shopping cart filled with hundreds of dollars worth expensive cuts of steaks, chops, etc. ... Yesterday, I had to bite my tongue as a young woman in front of me used her card to buy two candy bars, a big pack of gum and a bottle of Gatorade. Yup... essential food stuffs.
All of these numbers show why so many people have been talking about secession lately. These people don't hate America. They are people who deeply love this country and are saddened by this rapid descent we're taking. The way we're going, it seems like secession is the only way to start over and get back to the founding principles of liberty and responsibility that made this country great. I'm so tired of the politicians who create a massive hole and think the answer is to just keep digging.
I've worked in union and non-union shops. The union shops are always less productive and more expensive. I currently work at a unionized university in Illinois. The union constantly pushes for more pay for less work... or for getting paid for any little extra thing you do. They love to nickle-and-dime employers. Several years ago, a janitor changed a light bulb in my office. The bill... $60! Only a union person may change a light bulb, and at their ridiculous rates. I'm not even allowed to hammer a nail into my office wall to hang a picture. In fact, the union confiscated a hammer we had in our office because "only union janitors may use hammers on campus." The fee for hammering a nail to hang a picture? $50.
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